Sweet Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


These delicious cupcakes are a nice alternative to traditional pumpkin spice muffins and have a much sweeter, lighter pumpkin flavor. They are made with a yellow cake mix and have a nice fluffy texture. Topped with cream cheese frosting and served cold, they are a wonderful fall treat!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • 3 eggs

  • ¾ cup water

  • cup canola oil

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Beat cake mix, eggs, water, and canola oil together in a bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add pumpkin and beat until batter is smooth; pour into prepared muffin cups.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Beat cream cheese and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth; add vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Beat confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, into cream cheese mixture until frosting is smooth and creamy. Refrigerate frosting until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

  5. Spread frosting onto cupcakes and refrigerate frosted cupcakes until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
12g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.